In India, children are more likely to go to work than to school. Around 35 million children aged 6 to 14 do not attend school. In most cases, they are pushed into adult work without having the option to attend classes. Indeed, poverty can become an insurmountable obstacle that forces children to contribute to their family’s income and therefore drop out of the school system. For rag-picking in densely populated cities to cleaning dishes, mopping the floor or making bangles, girls and boys of school age often spend their days trying to make ends meet for their families instead of receiving an education to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
At ACTED we understand the challenges poverty brings.
Vulnerable households, who already struggle to have enough food every day or even a shelter to spend the night, simply cannot bear the cost of buying books, stationery, transport and meals for their children to attend school. That is why we support the most vulnerable households by lowering the cost of education: we provide school kits with books, school bags, shoes and shirts to make sure that poverty does not hinder children from reaching their full potential.